Top Ten Anthology, Wake Him With a Kiss

2021 Top Ten Gay Romance

Every year, JMS Books releases an anthology with the best-selling short stories of the year, and I’m extremely happy and honored to tell you that for the fifth year in a row, one of my stories will be included! Can you believe it? Five years in a row!! What have I done to deserve this?

💃 (<- Nell doing the happy dance)

This year, it’s my tiny tattoo story, Wake Him with a Kiss that you loved so much it’ll be included in the anthology. This makes supremely happy, because it’s not even 7000 words long, and most readers tend to go for longer stories. So thank you so much for loving this little book so much it sold so well. 😘

As usual, I’m in excellent company. My friend Hollyfelia (Holly Day/Ofelia Gränd) managed to get two stories into the anthology, one for each pen name, which is a huge accomplishment. K.L. Noone, one of my favorite authors, of course has a story in it, and my dear Kris, too. I’m so happy for all of us!

The anthology will be released on January 1st, and the pre-order link is up at JMS Books now. I’ll post it below.

2021 Top Ten Gay Romance brings together the best-selling short stories published by JMS Books that year.

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by Kris T. Bethke, Jamie Craig, Holly Day, Ofelia Gränd, Pat Henshaw, Nell Iris, A.C. Katt, Shawn Lane, Wayne Mansfield, and K.L. Noone, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Top Ten Anthology

2020 Top Ten Gay Romance

On Wednesday, this years Top Ten Gay Romance anthology was released by JMS Books, and my childhood-friends-to-lovers story, Always You is included in it. It’s always such an honor to be included in the Top Ten anthology; this is the fourth year in a row for me but it never feels less amazing. On the contrary: it makes me feel really grateful for you, lovely people, who buy my books and support me.

So here are (covid-safe) cyber kisses for you as thanks for your continued support. You’re the best 😘😘😘

I have some amazing company this year, too. I mean, look at this lineup:

2020 Top Ten Gay Romance brings together the best-selling short stories published by JMS Books that year.

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by Kris T. Bethke, Ofelia Gränd, Nell Iris, Shawn Lane, Marco May, J.L. Merrow, Amanda Meuwissen, K.S. Murphy, Elizabeth Noble, and K.L. Noone, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Contains the stories: Once and Floral by Kris T. BethkeTurning Wood by Ofelia GrändAlways You by Nell IrisA Thankful Heart by Shawn LaneThe Sir by Marco MayThe King’s Honour by J.L. MerrowThe Immaculate Marlow King by Amanda MeuwissenPretend You Are for Five More Minutes by K.S. MurphyThe Freedom of Submission by Elizabeth Noble, and A Demon for Forever by K.L. Noone.

Buy links:
JMS Books (20% off until Jan 5) | Universal Buy Link

And if you’ve missed any of the other Top Ten anthologies where I’m featured, here they are:

2017 | 2018 | 2019

Unconditionally, my queer wedding story, is featured in 2017. In 2018, it’s Unexpected Christmas, my best-selling Christmas story to date, that’s even been successful enough to be featured in the A Decade of Gay Romance anthology released in July 2020 to celebrate JMS Books’ 10 years in business. And in 2019, you’ll find Awakenings and French Songs, my neighbors-to-lovers story.

9 Willow Street, Miscellaneous, Top Ten Anthology

JMS Books 10-year anniversary

I already told you that JMS Books celebrate being in business for 10 years this year and that they’ve planned a lot of stuff to mark this special occasion. One thing is releasing the anthology, A Decade of Gay Romance that features my story Unexpected Christmas:adogr and uc

The anthology was released on July 1st, so now’s the time to go pick up your copy if you pre-ordered it. Or buy it if you haven’t already.

Here’s the link


But that’s not everything they’re doing. The celebration is going on the entire month of July, so on top of that anthology, they will also have daily author sales, there’s a chance to win free books, and JMS authors are writing guest posts for the JMS blog. Including me.

And I did a thing for my guest post. Want a clue? 😁

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Keep your eyes peeled on the JMS blog on July 22nd if you want to read what I did!

Seriously, though. Check out the blog (here’s the link again) and read the guest posts from the other authors. Maybe try a new-to-you author in one of the daily sales? Enter the giveaway to win a free book? Whatever you can do to support a small queer press like JMS Books is appreciated. They treat their authors really well, are open and honest, and pay their authors on time. All the things that should be a given, but unfortunately aren’t.

So join me in celebrating the incredible achievement of being in business for 10 whole years! (And the thing I did won’t be published here on this blog…#justsayin 😀 )

Nell Iris' Christmas, Top Ten Anthology

10-year anniversary!

In July this year, my fabulous publisher JMS Books celebrate their tenth anniversary! Wohooo, congrats to JM Snyder and JMS Books!!

Naturally, they want do so something to celebrate this amazing milestone. Last year for their 9th anniversary, they sent out a submission call for their existing authors to write a story themed on the number 9. Lots of us did that, including me, I wrote 9 Willow Street for it.

This year, they have several things planned for the celebration, and I’m going to tell you about one of them now:

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Wooooot, look at that lovely, lovely cover 😍😍 I love the idea of an anthology showcasing one story from each year, and also anthologies are a great way of trying out new (to me) authors and reading older stories that I might have overlooked for one reason or other.

I’m not just saying that because I have the honor of having a story included in this anthology. Yes, you read that right, one of my stories will be one of the ten featured in this anthology.

Excuse me while I go do a happy-dance 💃💃

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My holiday story Unexpected Christmas was the best-selling short-story of 2018 which is why it’s included, and it makes me so very happy.

The release day for A Decade of Gay Romance is July 1, and it’s available for pre-order now. I’ll post the link below.

But, one story does not a decade make 🙂 I’m in excellent company with nine other authors. Are you curious of which other stories are included?

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Blurb:

JMS Books began in 2010 as a way for of getting a few friends into print. Ten years later, we’ve published more than 2,000 books celebrating LGBTQ+ romance from over 200 authors. A Decade of Gay Romance is a collection of our ten best-selling short stories, one for each year (to date).

From first love to true love, from submission to sensual, from heat to sweet and everything in between, the couples in these stories are sure to keep you turning the pages as you fall in love with them.

With stories by J.M. Snyder, Drew Hunt, JL Merrow, Wayne Mansfield, Terry O’Reilly, Edward Kendrick, Shawn Lane, J.D. Walker, Nell Iris, and Elizabeth Noble, this head-over-heels collection goes beyond bedtime reading. Whether happily ever after or happy for now, there’s an ending for everyone in here!

Contains the stories: My Best Friend’s Dad by J.M. SnyderTwelve Hours I by Drew HuntDead Shot by JL MerrowThe King’s Prize by Wayne MansfieldMy Beagle, the Yenta by Terry O’ReillyLet Go of Loneliness by Edward KendrickAccidentally His by Shawn LaneA-dork-able by J.D. WalkerUnexpected Christmas by Nell Iris, and Home Coming by Elizabeth Noble.

Pre-order at JMS Books (20% off pre-orders)


Over 2000 books, more than 200 authors, and 10 whole years in business, that’s worth celebrating, don’t you agree?

My warmest congratulations to JMS Books. Here’s to another 10 years (at least)! ❤️

9 Willow Street, All I See, Awakenings and French Songs, Family Found Series, His Steady Heart, In My Arms Again, JMS Trio Collection, My Books, Nell Iris' Christmas, Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings, Snowed In: Nen and Anani, Team Luker, Top Ten Anthology

Wrapping up 2019

In 2019, I’ve had eleven individual releases and my stories have been featured in three anthologies.

Think about that for a minute.

Yes, one book is a re-release, so “only” ten new stories. Two are under 10K words. The longest book is only 34032 words and a collab with Kris T. Bethke so I only wrote about half of those words because she wrote the rest. But it’s still a lot. It’s still 185 685 words in one year.

I wrote and published my first fantasy and paranormal stories in 2019. And my first M/M/M story. I wrote about 40+ characters, about age gap, about a fluffy bunny shifter, about a party boy who wanted more in life. I wrote about a homophobic family and an awesome ex-wife. I wrote about star-crossed lovers and about the fear that can grip you when you’re at risk of losing the love of your life.

All that…and I still found the time to move across the world.

I mean. Look at this:

Nells 2019

So maybe I don’t need to feel bad for not writing much the last three months of the year (because of the move from Malaysia back to Sweden)? And maybe, we can all agree that this many releases in one year is a bit…excessive?

That being said. OH MAH GAWD, I released eleven books this year. How awesome am I?

Have you read them all? Which one was your favorite?

Thank you, all, for this year, I could never do this without you. I hope you will stay with me for the next year, maybe even for the next, new decade.

Happy New Year to you all. Don’t commit to resolutions you’ll break before February, and if you celebrate the coming of 2020 with a glass of champagne, think of me 😉

Buy links:

Awakening & French Songs | Snowed In: Nen and Anani | All I See | Diving In | His Steady Heart | 9 Willow Street | Team Luker | Of Autumn Leaves and New Beginnings | In My Arms Again | Red Popcorn Strings and Gumball Rings | Four Christmases

Legendary Loves vol 2 | Most Wonderful Time of the Year | 2019 Top Ten Gay Romance